Located in the picturesque Kinsale town, moments from the harbour and in the hub of vibrant activity at the Blue Haven Hotel you’ll find Rare 1784, a new and unique experimental dining and cocktail space.
Led by talented Head Chef Meeran Manzoor, recently crowned in the top 3 chefs in Ireland at the Gold Medal Awards, diners are immersed in a sensory experience the moment they enter Rare 1784. On arrival diners are greeted by the master mixologist James Agar who will converse with guests to discover what drink style they would like to begin their food and drink experience, taking them through the journey of each cocktail they choose and the ingredients used.
Settling into your seat, diners can take in the lush interiors, from rich navy colour palettes and pops of mustard on the walls with elements of teal in the soft furnishings, earthy wooden place settings and natural foliage, sipping their curated cocktails, with the stage set for viewing the action through an expansive glass window into the busy kitchen.
Head Chef Meeran Manzoor from Cheenai, India has made his home in West Cork having first started his career in London with the Dorchester Collection going on to work in some of London’s top restaurants including Cut at 45 Park Lane as well as further afield in Belgium where he worked in De Goei Goesting, the oldest traditional French restaurant in Brussels, then Meeran was part of opening team of L’ Aperi Vino before moving to the United States, where he worked at the prestigious Frenchman’s Creek Beach and Country Club, before joining the Blue Haven Collection in 2019. Creating menus that are deeply rooted in his hometown, showcasing his skills to date and pulling inspiration from his incredible location in Kinsale and the artisan producers of the region.
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